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O.S.I. - Office Of Strategic Influence (8,5/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: InsideOut
Playing time: 47:34
Band homepage: O.S.I.

Tracklist:

  1. The New Math (What He Said)
  2. OSI
  3. When You're Ready
  4. Horseshoes And B-52's
  5. Head
  6. Hello, Helicopter!
  7. Shut DOWN
  8. Dirt From A Holy Place
  9. Memory Daydreams Lapses
  10. Standby (Looks Like Rain)
O.S.I. - Office Of Strategic Influence
I was pleasantly surprised by this release from the super group comprised of Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING), Kevin Moore (Ex-DREAM THEATER/CHROMA KEY), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER), Sean Malone (ex-CYNIC), and Steve Wilson. This is truly some amazing stuff here. "The New Math" is an exciting and progressive instrumental track as most tracks are here. Very vibrant and pretty much straight forward with some interesting time changes thrown in for good measure.

Kevin Moore's keyboards add a unique atmosphere to the band's sound. Moore formed CHROMA KEY, and made it sound more jazzy and electronic in a very odd way. Moore brings the CHROMA KEY sound to the table here and it actually works. You would think that with this vas amount of musical knowledge that each person brings to the forefront, there would be tremendous egos. Nope! It's quite the opposite. They know how to play off of each other and do it quite well in very little time.

What's makes this CD so enjoyable is that most of the tracks are short. These guys could play for hours, but they are professional and know how to edit. Very important. This is not traditional Prog here. It's varied and you don't know where they are going to take you next. Unpredictable and fascinating. These guys have upped the ante here and that's good. (Online April 29, 2003)

Joe Florez



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